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is president obama really cares about the deficit. if there is something he noticed in the first two years when the economic crisis had to be front and center, the thing he wanted to deal with was the long-run deficit. the idea that he went on a spending binge if you don't make threats like that is crazy. the evidence is there that he put spending cuts on the table. he asked them for them to be paired with tax increases as well. there is more good will than people realize. more agreement that we have such a big budget problem that will we're going to fire on all cylinders. we have to cut spending. frankly, we have raise more revenue. >> you're listening to the california program and our speakers are economic experts. we are discussing national, regional, and global economic challenges. you can find video online. there's a series of questions around employment and job growth. what what is your outlook on job growth? >> i will start. i think -- i will say i was here last year and i'm more optimistic this year than last year. we made a significant amount of progress. it looks like housing prices h
was $3.48. the federal budget deficit expected to show short-term improvement this your according to the congressional budget office, declining to $845 billion from 1 trillion. the annual deficit expected to go as low as 430 billion by 2015 before soaring to almost a trillion dollars by 20203. joining us now to assess all of this is former director of the congressional budget office and president of the american action forum. let me start with, the president today insisting that he have, well, new revenue. just so that the congress would have the privilege of somehow saving him from himself and pushing back the impact of this sequester that his white house offered. does it get any more curious than that? >> it just proves we are in a budget another world. the numbers today are living short of terrific. $7 trillion in deficits over the next ten years. is coming after we raise 600 billion in taxes. what does the president say? well, let's not do the spending cuts, which we are counting on to keep it down to 7 trillion. instead to raise taxes, which we already proven does not solve t
that we need higher fuel tax, and we can use that either to reduce the deficit or to pay for something else. it was designed -- or intended -- whether it has done so successfully or not, it was done to pay for infrastructure. >> absolutely. we are not real happy about that. >> john, what are you hoping for next week? >> for some reason, i have not been consulted on that. the president in the campaign said he was 4 and all of the above energy policy, so let's have some announcements that support that -- he was for an " all of the above" energy policy. let's move forward with the things that you need to do to accomplish that policy. i would say that we would also -- i would like to see stop this discussion about taxing the industry and trying to characterize it as subsidies, which is simply not true, and i would like to see more opportunities in terms of where we can open up areas that are off-limits right now. all those combined can generate an enormous amount of opportunity for the economy right when we need it. >> i will just mention a couple of things. i think lenders have been reall
baseline to 25% of gtp. this the in the new normal no interest in bringing down the deficit or the debt. >> we just did this whole fiscal cliff thing at the end of the year. we thought hey had a deal where we're going to raise revenues this way and cut spending this way, blah blah blah. listen to what president barack obama said just this past sunday. >> there's no doubt we need additional revenue. coupled with smart spending reductions, in order to bring down our deficit. >> was he crossing his fingers behind his back when he negotiated the fiscal cliff deal? sounds like he is going after more revenue. >> he'll never stop trying to raise taxes. whether or not he can succeed i don't know. he comes out of a far left ideology that believes in class warfare and radical wealth restriction and to feed that you need tax revenue coming from the so-called 1% on whom he raised tax throw it the fiscal cliff deal. he knows the real now is with the mitting class so he is coming for you. so -- >> wait, wait. right there want you to listen to this. this is also what he said. >> can we close some loop
that john boehner said about how we have handled deficits over the years. let's listen to this. >> at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. now, i've watched them kick this can down the road 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. it's time to act. >> that is -- i'm trying to think of a word other than lie. kick the can down the road? we had a big tax increase in 1993 with president clinton along with big spending cuts. >> right. >> it was a deficit reduction package that worked. they continued to do more deficit reducing package with newt gingrich on the spending side throughout the decade and we're on our way to a surplus. >> that's right. i've been calling it the undecade, the 1990s has been written out of their record. they would have you believe that it was always the way it was under reagan and then bush. >> why don't they just say, leave off the clinton tax increase, which helped a lot, and just claim they did it for spending cuts? >> because if they do, if they admit that something nice happened in the '90s, they have to say, what happened after
instead of really dealing with the banks and dealing with the regional deficit overhang, he just created a circle of loop of help. so the government has been giving money to the regions, the banks to the regions and the government to the banks. but there's no real solution. the problems we main in spain. >> well, this is interesting. so, actually, michael brown was just talking about europe being somewhat of a closed economy. what you're talking about here in spain is this closed loop between the money that is getting in and borrowing. explain a little bit about this crazy looking chart here, flow chart, we should say, and this point that what happens in spain is staying in spain. >> this is a simplified chart of what has been going on. all the rectangular things are off balance. fade is the fund for utility financing. they're funded by the government. rajoy on the 31st of december increased the limit of these funds. frob and the bad bank are funding the banking system, the weak banks, including bankia. and the ffpp is a fund where banks have lent 30 billion to the region. on top of this
the deficit. all by honoring the wish of 2/3 of americans to respect states' rights for marijuana just like we do for alcohol. i would invite my colleagues to join this effort in developing a marijuana policy that makes sense for america today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. coble, for five minutes. mr. coble: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, january is the traditional month in which new year's resolutions are developed. i'm suggesting that president obama and mrs. boim adopt a resolution -- mrs. obama adopt a resolution. it appears to me, mr. speaker, regard air force one very casually and i believe on some occasions two planes, at least two planes go to the same destination. air force one, mr. speaker, belongs to president and mrs. obama. but air force one also belongs to the american taxpayer. and i would welcome a new year's resolution that would provide generous lace of all future air force one dispatches with prudence, discipline and last but certainly not least fiscal austerity. america's taxpayers will be
times" economist argued why the u.s. should spend now and worry about deficit reduction later. here it is. >> dashing spending when you still have depressed economy is really destructive. it's probably even counterproductive even in purely fiscal terms. we should be sustaining government spending until we have a stronger economic recovery. >> this is not a hard call. as long as we have 4 million people who have been unemployed for more than a year, this is not a time to be worrying about reducing the budget deficit. give me something that looks more like a normal employment situation and i'll become a deficit hawk but not now. >> do you subscribe to that, jared? or is that too extreme? >> not at all. i think paul's exactly right. paul and i share the following thing. we're deficit doves in a down economy, and deficit hawks in a strong economy. at a time like this, what you really need is faster growth. by the way, not only will that help put more people to work, but it will actually help reduce your budget deficit ironically because those people will be working, paying taxes, they w
, he talked about the economy. when it comes to tackling the nation's deficit, president obama said sunday in an interview with cbs news there needs to be revenue involved. and it sounds like he might be interested in going after people like mitt romney. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn't have a huge impact. and as i said, when you look at some of these deductions that certain folks are able to take advantage of, the average person can't take advantage of them. the average person doesn't have access to cayman island accounts. the average person doesn't have access to carried interest income where they end up paying a much lower rate on billions of dollars that they've earned. so we just want to make sure that the whole system is fair. >> all right. steve, help me out here. i think the democrats are holding a losing hand if they come back and ask for more taxes. they talk about raising tax rates on anybody. but if we're talking about closing loo
like the deficit in the ryan budget was we will save unbelievable amounts of money by turning medicaid over to the states and somehow they will figure it out. >> that's more information than other people are putting out. >> talk about missing deadlines, now this is a really low bar. >> what is the democratic plan in the senate, let's say, or in the white house, to save medicar medicare? >> medicare actually - actually -- interesting you focus on that. medicare has been a pretty good story the past few years. my view is double down on things happening. medicare grew only by 3% last fiscal year, unbelievable low by standards. >> will you take that gamble >> for the next five years, i will take a 50/50 bet medicare will continue to grow at much slower rates than historically. >> down to 2 1/2, 3% the next couple years. >> that will tick up a little bit as the economy picks back up but i don't think we'll see the 10% growth rate. >> so you don't think medicare is a problem? >> it is a problem but this is one area better than official projections. >> what about medicaid. >> medicaid. big pr
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that the whole system is fair. that it's transparent. that we're reducing our deficit in a way that doesn't hamper growth, reduce the kinds of strategies that we need in order to make sure that we're creating good jobs and a strong middle class. >> strong middle class. make sure the system is fair. it's game on for this president. joining me now is political strategist angela rye. thank you both for being with us. >> thank you, reverend al. >> jarret, let me go to you first. tax fairness is a big part of what the president wants to get done. take a look at this. there are many middle class households that are actually paying a higher tax rate than households that make over a million dollars a year because they don't get most of their money from investments. will the president's policies change this problem? >> they will and they already are, to some extent. but there's more to be done there, just like the president just said. in the deal that ended the fiscal cliff, the tax rate at least for folks at the very top of the income scale, above $450,000, on capital gains and dividends, capital
: the dow hitting 14,000 with nicole on the air. this is a snapshot of just how bad our deficits are going to be over the next ten years. dagen: rich edson is live in washington, d.c. rich: $1.1 trillion, that was our deficit for 2012. this is the most recent projections by the office. this year, a budget deficit -- the decade production was $2.26 trillion. these numbers will be much different. much worse. it must examine the budget as if congress does absolutely nothing. and current policy continues. we have had some changes. mainly that built that passed congress earlier in the year. millions of middle-class americans do not have to pay the amt. it also changed the estate tax bumping down the rate of little bit lower than what it had been over the exception of little bit higher. the numbers we just show you, the real numbers will be much worse. we will find out at 1:00 o'clock. back to you. dagen: are we going to be in a statement from the white house at 1:15 p.m.? rich: he will talk about the sequester. he will push for congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reform
deficits, and that austerity was never given a credible grade, for example, by many investors, thinking, of course, it wasn't a great strategy. i concur. here's the problem, though. you know, austerity by definition is, you know, deficit cutting with less benefits and services. now, it is a horrible word. and, of course, many governments and politicians grabbed on to it because they really don't want deficit cutting and they don't want less benefits and services. but it is pretty hard to call it austerity as we go into, what, year six of post credit crisis activity. and global economics don't dictate we're doing a heck of a lot better, even though we had some jumps in growth, which kind of can be predicated on high levels of stimulus, maybe don't call it stimulus, maybe you call it just three to four years of big deficits. now, quid pro quo on the other hand seems to be the relationship that dictates who the big buyers are of very high quality, relatively speaking sovereign debt, whether it is boons, treasuries, guilts or ooth oaths. we need a whole lot less quid and a lot more pro grow
to the deficit. on that list of attendees for that meeting include marshall fitz from the center for american progress. ben jealous from the naacp and richard from the afl-cio. later in the day the president is meeting separately with a group of business leaders. that includes lloyd from goldman sachs, from yahoo and kent from coca-cola. congress has the next three and a half months to run up the deficit as much as it wants. the house and senate extended the debt ceiling. president obama has signed the no budget, no pay act of 2013. not only does that put off the nation's debt obligations until may 18th, it also withholds pay for a number of congressmen and womenless women unless they pass a budget by april. >>> eight senators have voted to block the violence against women act. that bill would protect victims of domestic violence and this particular version extends that care to illegal immigrants, native americans and lgbt members. senators who voted against considering that bill include ted cruz, marco rubio and rand paul, all republicans. more bill's up next. stay with us. to me now? you k
to lift indians out of poverty. this makes sense whether or not we have a federal deficit. even if we had a zero deficit, many program cuts and determination would sbreels g.d.p. and expand -- increase g.d.p. the fiscal conservatives always say they want to cut spending but near i will all the focus in recent years have been trying to impose overall restraint by voting balanced budget. i'm not against the caps but they do not reduce the underlining pressure to spend. the only way to do that is challenge particular programs and make the argument that particular programs are harmful and wasteful, unconstitutional, unjust, and unneeded. to make lasting reforms congress needs to make the case to cut many dozens, hundreds of particular programs. if the republicans want to kill funding for big bird they have to make the case for it. they have to lay out the case and push on that for many months or many years to wear down the opposition. so the very few examples in recent decade where is we've been able to cut or limit or reform programs, there has been a build up and we've laid the ground work
there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but americans do not support sacrificing any real spending cuts for more tax hikes. the white house believes house republicans, who have warmed up to the idea of letting the sequester take effect, may get a wake-up call as they continue to see those -- the economy contract, that the fourth quarter numbers will be a wake-up call. the president pointed out yesterday that those cuts in defense spending caused the economy to shrink at the end of 2012. >> we've been reminded that while it's critical for us to cut wasteful spending we can't just cut our way to prosperity. deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs. >> new numbers from the congressional budget office may provide some ammunition. the cbo projects the economy will grow at a measly rate of 1.4% this year and 3.4% next year. the cbo forecast is correct, 2014 will be the sixth consecutive year with unemployment above 7.5%, but expect to hear from republicans about another big number in that report, and although the federal d
washington journal they talk about the recent article suggesting that a trust deficit by americans toward government and financial sector could be holding back the economic recovery. my cartoons depict can da that and humor. why started the cartoon, they were native characters and native situations. and my audience was geared toward natives. in the last four or five years they have become more universal where they stilled to the mainstream dominant culture. it's more universal now. i'm inspired by the people that are that i grew up with. my friend, my family, members of my tribe. and basically watching people and some of the things they do. it's surprising, if you pay attention to what people do and what people say, there's a lot of humor you can find in that, you know, making your own twists and certain things. >> people who have read my cartoons for the first time. i hope they take with them the appreciation of a native culture and native way of life. because it's not always depicted correctly in cinema or in books. but this cartoon coming from a genuine native american and these are my
and labor leaders and then separately with business leaders. they're talking about the economy and deficit reduction. but also in the context of how does immigration affect that? the president said he wants to do something about the 11 million people who are living and working in this country and have been doing so for years illegally. but republicans here, especially conservatives on the house side, want to make sure border protection comes first. janet napolitano is touring the border right now and says we can secure it but we can't completely shut it down because that would hinder trade and commerce. also today the house judiciary committee meeting. they take a look at what might be the best solution here. there's a group of democrats and republicans working behind the scenes to come up with a solution. no word yet on how much progress they've made. >> interesting. tracie potts, thank you. >>> nbc news has obtained a confidential justice department memo that contains the legal justification for drone strikes on american citizens. the document from the justice department says the governm
deficit with china felt by quite a bit suggesting strong american manufacturing and exports. now it's good news, but it doesn't gibe with the latest gdp numbers we have showing that the american economy has contracted. so economists are going to have to go back and figure this one out. those discouraging gdp numbers could very well be wrong. >>> a decent day on the markets. it's been a peculiar week this week, a lot of up and a lot of down. linkdn doing well after blowout yesterday. >>> and the power company that provided electricity to the louisiana superdome said it figured out what caused the power outage during the super bowl. it wasn't hackers, beyonce, it was just a bad relay. sometimes the explanation turns out to be a bit routine. a thing-ga-ma-doo quit working. >> fun to think that beyonce blew out all the lightsp. >> scott mcgrew talking about a thing-ga-ma-doo. >> technical term. >>> a live look. beautiful clear skies more or less here over san francisco. this is the clearest it's been all day. so mostly sunny here. let's show you san jose now. oh, yeah, we're still dealing with
is it is getting to the root crop -- the root causes of our trust deficit, our leadership deficit, and putting concepts, practical solutions before the american people. >> no matter what your thoughts maybe, if you really want to fix things, this is the central place to get it done. >> we have problem solvers in congress who want to wear the no labels badge. >> that is the first step to take. >> if we do not come together, we will be the first generation to turn over this country in worse shape than we received it. >> my friends are immigrants. they came to america with the fundamental hope of what this government stands for. >> people across the country want america to be the greatest nation on earth. >> the country they came from had a civil war going on. it did not have the opportunities that america provides. >> we want to make sure that we are the hope of the world and this is the place for your dreams to come true. >> it is actually up to all of us to strengthen our civic backbone and demand something different. a vision of how to get it done. no labels can help do that. >> we are changi
a priority? >> kerry has said he wants to focus on the middle east, and that has been a deficit in terms of the israeli-palestinian track. certainly, i mean, the arab spring made it much more difficult, much more complicated, but some would argue made it more necessary. >> well, yeah. the middle east is also one of the drains that can suck all the oxygen out of the room. you know, you could get involved in it and get sucked down all these different kind of rabbit holes that exist in the middle east. syria, israel, palestine, egypt, iran, iraq which could, you know, get rough, afghanistan, which is a problem. all of those things are, i guess, threads that he could pull on that could leave him not enough time to deal with the trans-atlantic relationship, to deal with china, to deal with our neighbors like mexico where their priority issues. to deal with rebuilding the international institutions that need to be rebuilt. i think he has to be a bit careful not to fall into that trap. >> finally, what about iran and whether we are going to be caught up in something that israel launches or that
. let's reform the defense budget and look at the largest drivers of our deficit in mandate spending programs those on the left end of the spectrum don't want to cut. >>brian: they took gates cuts and are going try to up them by $500 billion. leon panetta takes over from them. has the same fear. here's what he said yesterday on "meet the press." >> we've got a plan for that possibility because there are so many members saying we're going to let it take place, but i have to tell you it is irresponsible for it to happen. i mean, why -- why in god's name would members of congress elected by the american people take a step that would badly damage our national defense, but more importantly undermine the support for our men and women in uniform? why would you do that? >>brian: that is inaccurate. it is the president who proposed these sequester cuts. this isn't congress doing that. and republican fear about these cuts, would you say that's accurate? >> i would say it's accurate. there is a growing resignation to them on the hill for some reason. i was there two weeks ago. everyone seems re
to focus more on issues like education and health care and less on the deficit. what about immigration and is just tweak be the talking points enough? we'll have a special note to self on the intern who rushed to save gabby giffords just moments after she was shot. the justice department and government action that local grewries say is a good thing. we'll be live in alexandria, virginia. lots ahead because the news is back in the morning. we'll see you at 7:00. >> we like it. thank you, norah. we'll be watching. >>> baltimore is in party mode this morning. its countdown to the ravens victory parade in honor of their sunday triumph at the super dome. >> delia goncalves live in the newsroom with more on the big celebration including joe flacco's time at the david letterman show. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning. flacco has been very busy. he had a great time. you mentioned he probably looked tired. absolutely because he had a whirlwind couple of days. the city will virtually shut down today for the big parade. several streets are blocked off. businesses are shutting down. p
economy we have will be beneficial because people are worried about the deficit, worried about the death that comes from the growing deficit so taking a stab at that for the first time in a long time will be beneficial to the economy. connell: are we making progress yet or is there much, much more to do? it is not just economists on the left making this argument, listen, to an half trillion being cut, we are getting there. smell is not the time to get all ciccone in. what do you say of those people? >> in 2007 we were spending 19.7% of gdp in the federal government. it is now around 23 or so. we want to get it back to where it was, so it is not austerity, it is not ciccone and, it is going back to a sensible level of spending. dagen: is a real problem the federal reserve, zero interest rate policy, buying treasury debt and mortgage securities, said the reason congress gets to get away with what it has been doing? >> it makes a little bit easier with the low rates and zero rates, so it is counterproductive but i think the main thing is people have to understand we had a spending explosion
to lower these deficits. connell: that means the problem is not, as you say, tomorrow's problem. what is a reasonable timetable for when the deficit and the debts are a big, big problem? >> i think in my view, it is as far as the eye can see. we are always thinking about a ten year horizon. we need to broaden not out even further. when you do that, the problem becomes a lot more acute. with a debt to gdp ratio, it is not so serious compared to other countries such as japan. it just is not as dire as the headlines suggest. connell: when do we deal with it? is there something to this argument to spend more money so we can create jobs? what is the timetable for when we actually should deal with it? >> i think that if you ask me do we have to do with the problem and the next three months or the next 30 seconds, the answer is no. the economy is growing below 2%. in that kind of an environment, you have to continue to be supportive. when you look at the payroll tax, that takes a considerable chunk off. you have to sequester that will take off an equal amount. we have to be careful not to ov
on congress to work together on a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and promote economic growth. he said businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. he suggests economic reforms including reducing the cost of health care programs like medicare and closing loopholes in the tax code. >>> this is the first time in five-year that the dow closed above 14,000. it had dropped as low as 6600 in 2009, increased consumer confidence, manufacturing and auto sales are credited for the surge. >> we are moving in the right direction compared to a lot of other countries we are in a good position. >> the economy has improved. you can put the money in the bank but you earn no interest. >> economists say many prefer american investments because the european markets struggling and many consider china as over valued. however others add that just because wall street is up doesn't necessarily mean that the average american is better off, more than 12 million are still looking for jobs. >> hundreds of people in northern california are looking for new jobs as massive layoffs start at campbell soup. 290 wo
the deficit and government spending. the president told pelley he did see the possibility of a deal with republicans that did not include further tax hikes but did close loopholes and eliminate deductions that allow the wealthier americans to gain the system. he also weighed in on the boy scouts of america and the idea the organization is considering lifting its ban on gay members and leaders. the president said that the boy scouts should be open to gay members and leaders and says he believes everyone should have the same access and opportunities regardless of sexual orientation. >>> homeland security secretary janet napolitano is on the road today. she is traveling to san diego and then she will be in el paso tomorrow to take a look at border security measures. she's meeting with local and state officials. republicans want stricter measures in place as a provision of comprehensive immigration reform but the administration points out it spent $18 billion last year on immigration control and it deported some 410,000 people, a record. we're back with more show after the break. stay w
in dealing with our recovery. economic recovery and the deficit issues that face our kids and grandkids. a lot of lip service is paid to dealing with the middle class. that is the buzzword. i get concerned we're talking about just us. what about our kids? what about the middle class of the future? what middle-class life for the behalf unless we step up and do the right things? and to me it is -- i campaigned. i campaigned on the suicide mission to reform medicare end to do tax reform. every town hall, every rotary, chamber meeting. i would talk about those things and those two things only. guaranteed political suicide. we can do this. >> in answer to that question, what will we do to get washington to do with the fiscal challenge? there were some business leaders and alan greenspan was there. he said what are you going to do something on this fiscal challenge? are you going to do it before or after the bond market crashes and it will crash. he is not known for hyperbole. and it struck me that the former chair of the federal reserve is saying you are facing an impending crisis and you wi
. there is basically an aversion to paying taxes, and we have deficits caused by wars, tax cuts, and all of the things that we talked about, and there are more people retiring. we could say that is too bad, they lived to long -- right -- too long -- one i was growing up, my grandmother had no medicare, no social security, and she lived with her daughters. i slept on the couch in the living room because that is how families took care of seniors before 1964. now we have a medicare program, where my father lived to 93, my mother lived to 97, and we did nothing for them except pay for their taxes. one year we gave my mom a christmas gift, a hearing aid which cost about $800. host: medicare does not cover that? guest: medicare does not cover that. good luck, you are on your own is what we say to seniors. my view is we are a better country than that. we can find a way to do that. there is a lot of stuff done in this country where people are getting treatment or examinations that are not making their health better or their life better. we have to look at that and stop doing that kind of stuff. that means wit
make sense whether or not we have a federal deficit. even if we have had a zero deficit. many program cuts and terminations would increase gdp and would expand individual freedom. and so the political upshot of this, and i will close on this, the clinical upshur, the fiscal conservatives always say they want to cut spending but not all of focus in recent years by fiscal conservatives in congress has been trying to impose over all restraint by putting on budget gaps, by voting for a balanced budget amendment. those sorts of cats are fine. i'm not against them but they don't reduce the underlying pressures to spend big only way to do that is to directly challenge particular programs and make the argument that particular program are harmful and wasteful, unconstitutional, unjust and unneeded. so to make lasting reform fiscal conservatives in congress need to make start making the case cost -- cuts too many programs bigger the republicans want to kill funding for big bird, for example, as candidate romney wanted to do, they got to make the case for. they got to lay out the case and push o
a $16 trillion deficit, 51 million people on food stamps. our culture is an entitlement culture and yet we're going after 13 million people who have an immigration problem. hey, i'm all for vetting them. how about reverse discrimination for once in this country. if we're going to demand exceptionalism, we should have it towards the immigrants whether they come legally or illegally and also go back to americans who are u.s. citizens. >> are you talking about expelling americans? >> i'm all for demotion of citizenship. i agree with you. it may be extreme. but here's my point. how many of you. >> keep it short. >> how many of you have a trouble in a third world country and you come back to america and have a different experience about exceptionalism. what about reverse immigration? >> i do not support the deportation of american citizens but if that were to be a policy, what you would do is save hundreds of billions of dollars a year in the welfare state because immigrants are less likely to use welfare each when naturalized and americans who are poor. that's an interesting result of that.
to the deficit, and i'm just worried that one day we're going to wake up and the market's eyes are going to open up and say wait a minute, look at all these debt and start hitting the wrong way. but look. so far so good. for whatever reason the market likes what it sees, and i never argue with the market. it's kind of stupid to do that. i think you would be run over by a train if you bet against it right now. >> heather: gary kaltbaum joining us. thank you so much. we appreciate your insight as always. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> gregg: so he gave us the barney cam. remember that, and he was by president bush's side throughout his eight years in the white house. what the former president is now saying about his beloved scottish terrier. yeah the barney cam. >> heather: hours before the big game, gregg, new developments and allegations involving nfl player ray lewis. >> gregg: really? i'm so stunned. i'm surprised about this. >> heather: he's speaking out about this. >> gregg: he is? he's talking now? he wasn't really talking before. i'm stunned. >> heather: we'll hear what he has to say. >> i
who has worked with budgets throughout my life, in order to deal with the deficit problem, you've got to deal with entitlements. you have to deal with revenues. and you have to deal with discretionary. all of it has to be part of a package. >> is he doing enough? >> i think he's pushing as hard as he can. >> should he be more public? >> well, look. the president of the united states has indicated the concern about sequester. he's indicated his concern about maintaining a strong national defense. and he's proposed a solution to this. the ball is in congress' court. they have got to take action to delay sequester. >> i want to move on to some of the hot spots. we'll start in north africa. a lot of news this week. here is the a.p. headline. u.s. limited in fight against north african militants. the united states is struggling to confront an uptick in threats in the newest hot spot with limited intelligence and few partners to help as the obama administration weighs who you to keep islamic extremists from jeopardizing national security without launching war. we want to put up a map here.
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